Land of the Giants

Big tech is transforming every aspect of our world. But how? And at what cost? In Land of the Giants: Dating Games, The Verge and New York Magazine's The Cut trace the evolution of the multi-billion dollar dating app industry. Hosts Sangeeta Singh Kurtz and Lakshmi Rengarajan explore the modern dating landscape forged by companies like Tinder, Bumble, and Hinge, and their impact on our hopes for connection. Through conversations with industry leaders, experts, and users, this series will look at the past decade of dating and ask the question: are the business goals of dating app companies aligned with users' romantic aspirations?

New episodes every Wednesday. From The Verge, The Cut and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

Technology
Business
1
Bumble, the Girlboss of Dating Apps
40 min
2
The Secret Algorithms That Control Your Love Life
Dating app execs don’t like to explain how their matchmaking algorithms work, but critics say that if daters really knew how basic the algorithms are, they might not put so much blind faith into them.
27 min
3
The Hidden Hand Behind Your Swipes
Tinder, Hinge, OkCupid, The League. If you’ve ever wondered why using these different dating apps feels similar, it may be because they’re all owned by Match Group.
37 min
4
Tinder Changed the Game
When Tinder launched in 2012, it changed dating culture and our expectations around dating forever.
35 min
5
Dating Games
2 min
6
Zuckerberg's Biggest Bet
30 min
7
It's A WhatsApp World
33 min
8
Facebook's Plan To Be Cool Again
28 min
9
The Facebook Election
30 min
10
Why Instagram Broke Its Square
35 min
11
Don't Be Afraid To Break Things
35 min
12
"Facebook Gets A Facelift"
25 min
13
The Facebook / Meta Disruption
The definitive podcast about big tech examines the history and power of Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook, as it makes an unprecedented transition.
3 min
14
One App Store to Rule Them All
30 min
15
Apple Saved Music. Why Not TV?
31 min
16
Apple's China Problem
31 min
17
"He's No Steve Jobs"
35 min
18
How Apple Got Its Groove Back
40 min
19
This Changes Everything
31 min
20
'The Apple Revolution' is here
3 min
21
The Virtual Future of Restaurants
35 min
22
Who's Driving Whom?
35 min
23
The Race for Your Dollars
40 min
24
The Cost of Convenience 
31 min
25
Delivery Wars
How big tech is transforming the business of food
3 min
26
Should We Break Up Google?
45 min
27
Googlers vs. Google
46 min
28
A Military Contract Tests Google's Open Culture
39 min
29
The Moonshot Factory
36 min
30
Planet YouTube
47 min
31
Chrome and the Android Wars
38 min
32
The Search Begins
38 min
33
The Google Empire
3 min
34
World War Stream
The streaming wars go global
25 min
35
Money to burn; why Wall Street loves NFLX
Is Netflix a unicorn or a house of cards?
25 min
36
Netflix is Hollywood | Part 2
How the outsider became the status quo
31 min
37
Netflix vs. Hollywood | Part 1
How Hollywood accidentally helped create a monster
26 min
38
Did the algorithm make you watch Tiger King?
Examining who actually decides what you watch on Netflix.
20 min
39
Who really killed Blockbuster Video?
Long before “Netflix and Chill” we had “Blockbuster Nights.” Remember those?
35 min
40
“Netflix is a team, not a family”
Inside the streaming giant’s strange company culture
37 min
41
The Netflix Effect
How a lowly DVD-by-mail service became a cultural institution and the dominant force in Hollywood.
3 min
42
Amazon's Middlewomen
22 min
43
'I love Amazon. Let’s break it up'
25 min
44
Is Amazon Too Big? We Ask Its Sellers
42 min
45
How Amazon Charmed Wall Street
33 min
46
Why the Robot Revolution is Our Fault
35 min
47
When Amazon Leaves Your Town
37 min
48
Alexa, What's Amazon Doing Inside My Home?
30 min
49
Why You’ll Never Quit Amazon Prime
Jason Del Rey explores how Prime came to be, why it’s so effective at keeping us locked into the Amazon ecosystem, and how it became the source of the company’s power.
31 min
50
The Rise of Amazon
Where Amazon got its power, and what it's doing with it, hosted by Jason Del Rey
2 min